The aim of this study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the
perspectives and everyday experiences of developers and municipalities
around urban land development in South Africa. More specifically, the
objectives were to understand
- How urban land development and governance \"actually work in
- The political, economic, and social factors that influence urban land
development and governance, and
- The interaction between developers and municipalities.
A case study method was used to conduct the research, allowing
developers and municipalities to speak about the same development
projects, and thereby the same issues. The main sources of data included
(1) desktop material on the background of selected development projects
and the company developing the project and (2) in-depth semi-structured
interviews with developers and municipal officials involved in the
projects. Although the study focussed on the perspectives of developers
and municipal officials, consulting town and regional planners involved
in the selected development projects were also interviewed. The types of
development projects selected as case studies were fairly diverse and
ranged from typical suburban residential estates, a commercial shopping
mall, social housing projects, a theme-oriented tourism park, a precinct
development, upmarket golf and coastline resorts, and a large-scale
integrated mixed use development.
The report describes the aims and objectives of the study, and the
methodology. This is followed by the abridged case studies, a discussion
of recent trends in private sector development, followed by the findings
and recommendations of the study. The full case study write-ups are
provided as an annexure.
Business Enterprises at University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd, Hatfield, South Africa, 40 pp.
Beyond policy frameworks: listening to the voices of developers and municipalities in urban land development in South Africa. Final Report